Shakespeare Festival

GV Shakespeare Festival

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2013 Much Ado About Nothing

2013 Much Ado About Nothing

Christopher Seiler (Dogberry) and Matthew Fowler (Verges)

2014 Shakespeare Festival Conference

Click on our image to go to the 2014 Grand Valley Shakespeare Conference, September 26 & 26, 2014. Rates and registration information may be found here!

2012 Richard III

Richard III

Brian Webb Russell (Richard), Lauren Masud (Lady Anne), Kerissa Bradley (Citizen)


Shakespeare Festival

Auditions for our 2014 Shakespeare Festival production, The Comedy of Errors, and our regional and international touring Shakespeare troupe, Bard To Go, will be held April 6 and April 7.

Open Auditions!

For the Fall 2014 Shakespeare Festival Productions

The Comedy of Errors  and Bard to Go

Always wanted to try acting in a play?

Auditions are open to ALL Grand Valley Students

April 6 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

April 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Callbacks will take place on April 8

1506 Performing Arts Center

  • Sign up for an audition slot for one of the audition dates at the Louis Armstrong Theatre Box Office. You do NOT need to attend both dates but should be prepared to also attend callbacks if requested.
  • Come prepared with one 60 second comedic Shakespeare monologue and one 60 second comedic contemporary monologue.
  • Both productions begin rehearsals in late August, before the first week of classes. 
  • The Comedy of Errors will perform September 26-October 5. Actors cast in Comedy of Errors may need to sign up for CTH 455.
  • Bard to Go will perform on Fridays throughout October at area high schools and two on-campus performances. Actors cast in Bard to Go must sign up for CTH 400.
  • The Comedy of Errors is directed by Roger Ellis and Bard to Go is directed by Karen Libman. 
  • Please note that both directors request that if you do not plan to accept any role that you are offered, you should not audition.  Unless you have a specific class schedule conflict that prevents you from being in one production or the other, you will be auditioning for both shows.

See www.gvsu.edu/shakes for more information

Please click on our Shakespeare Festival logo to see the audition information!

Please click here for a list of characters in The Comedy of Errors.

Please feel free to call the box office at 616-331-2300 for more information.

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night 2011


About Us

      We are a semi-professional Shakespeare Festival organized in Michigan and located on the campus of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, about twenty minutes west of Grand Rapids.  We've operated annually since 1993.  We are Michigan's oldest and largest Shakespeare Festival.

      More than 6,000 patrons attend our Festival activities each season, which include mainstage performances of the Bard's works, high school touring shows, workshops, new plays projects, symposia with visiting scholars, an all-campus student art competition, a Renaissance Festival, and other events. 

      Our productions are cast from a pool of students, community actors, and guest professionals; union artists are engaged under guest artist contracts administered by the Actors Equity Association.  Our Festival company operates from mid-August through early November, producing public events starting in late September.  By beginning our season in the late summer and early fall, we successfully merge quality productions with the academic life of the University community.

Our Festival maintains strong connections with national Shakespeare activity in several ways.  Prominent Shakespeare practitioners are invited from around the nation and overseas who conduct panels, offer public presentations of their work, and visit literature and production classes on our campus.  Guest artists are nationally recruited through regional professional auditions.  All productions are adjudicated by members of the Kennedy Center-American College Theatre Festival (KC-ACTF).  And the Shakespeare Festival is an active member of the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America (STAA).   Faculty, staff and students regularly attend conferences, competitions, workshops and panels held by the SSTA and KC-ACTF.

The Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival is closely integrated with the University's training program in Theatre Arts.  Festival is organized by members of the University faculty and staff, who strive to involve their students with all aspects of Festival planning and operation: management, production, fundraising, public relations, acting, design, budgeting and other areas.  Each season the faculty and staff also strive to connect Festival activities to important areas of University life outside of dramatic arts: cinema, multicultural affairs, music, philanthropy and public service, alumni, dance, and communications, among others.

Past Productions:

1994 - A Midsummer Night’s Dream

1995 - Romeo and Juliet

1996 - Twelfth Night

1997 - As You Like It

1998 - Much Ado About Nothing

1999 - Macbeth

2000 - Comedy of Errors

2001 - The Tempest

2002 - The Merchant of Venice

2003 - King Henry IV, part one

2004 - Measure for Measure

2005 - Hamlet

2006 - Love’s Labour’s Lost

2007 - Cymbeline

2008 - A Midsummer Night’s Dream

2009 - Romeo and Juliet

2010 - As You Like It

2011 - Twelfth Night

2012 - Richard III

2013 -Much Ado About Nothing

2014 – Comedy of Errors

Our Mission:  The Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival explores and celebrates Shakespeare and his culture for the West Michigan community and beyond through theatre and education.

Click here to read our mission, vision, and values statement.

2012 - Richard III

Shakespeare Board

New Shakespeare Festival Honorary Board Inaugurated

As part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the GVSU Shakespeare Festival, the organizing committee appointed an Honorary Board comprised of some of West Michigan’s most ardent supporters of the arts and of community development.  Their aim will be to propel the Festival toward even greater excellence, to strengthen the connection of the Festival to the larger community, and to help the Festival extend its reach to new audiences.

The Board’s 11 members were invited to meet at a reception held before the opening night performance on Much Ado About Nothing.   Costumed students greeted the Board while members of the organizing committee treated them to the Cyril Lixenberg exhibit in the University Gallery as well as a pre-show talk by dramaturg Professor Jo Miller (English Department). 

Members of the Honorary Board are:

Betty Burton, Tim Cusack, Gilbert Davis, Patricia Davis, Shelley Irwin, Don Lubbers, Nancy Lubbers, Laura Salazar, Ruth Stegeman, Bruce Tinker, Wendy Wenner

The Shakespeare Festival organizing committee is excited to have this valuable additional human resource to provide insight and input to our planning and audience development activities.  Their service to the Shakespeare festival and GVSU twice blessed!

 


Theatre Links

2013 - Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing



The Good Person of Setzuan, 2013

The Good Person of Setzuan

Much Ado About Nothing 2013

GV Shakespeare Festival 2013

ReACT! 2013-2014

ReACT! 2013-2014

Richard III 2012

Richard III 2012

School of Liberal Arts & Science

School Liberal Arts

School Of Communications

School Of Communications


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Amanda Janke

Amanda Janke

Amanda Janke graduated with a BA in theatre in 2008 and has enjoyed great success ever since. Amanda earned her MFA in Costume Design and Technology from The University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music-- one of the best MFA programs in the

Theatre Student Pursuing MFA in Dramaturgy

Theatre Student Pursuing MFA in Dramaturgy

Nancee Moes (Magna Cum Laude, '09, Theatre) will begin pursuing her MFA in Dramaturgy at the State University of New York-Stony Brook this fall.

Theatre Student Selected for Prestige Internship

Theatre Student Selected for Prestige Internship

Theatre major Lydia Benkert has scored a great summer internship at the Children's Theatre Company. Her proud professor, Karen Libman notes, "The Children's Theatre Company is perhaps THE premier US Theatre for Young Audiences. This is a very competitive

Alumni Postcard

Alumni Postcard

An update from Whitney Hershberger: Since graduation I have completed a year of service with AmeriCorps at Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, where I received hands-on experience with non-profit administration. During my year of service I also t

Bridgett Vanderhoof - 2012

Bridgett Vanderhoof - 2012

Bridgett is working towards her MA in Theatre Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Directing II Performances

Directing II Performances

April 23, 2014 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Watch the final projects for Theare's Directing II class in the Louis Armstrong Theatre. As the final projects for a Directing II class, we're hosting two nights with a different set of one...

Directing II Performances

Directing II Performances

April 24, 2014 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Watch the final projects for Theare's Directing II class in the Louis Armstrong Theatre. As the final projects for a Directing II class, we're hosting two nights with a different set of one...

Will Power Summer Camp

Will Power Summer Camp

July 14, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Let your children expand their imaginations, discover Shakespeare, and get some Will Power this summer! Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival is pleased to offer its summer education program Will Power....

Will Power Summer Camp

Will Power Summer Camp

July 21, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Let your children expand their imaginations, discover Shakespeare, and get some Will Power this summer! Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival is pleased to offer its summer education program Will Power....

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Students Nominated for I Am Grand Valley Award

Students Nominated for I Am Grand Valley Award

February 20, 2014

Five students affiliate with Theatre have been nominated for the 2013 - 2014 I Am Grand Valley Leadership Award.

Nominees for 2014 Iren Ryan Scholarships

Nominees for 2014 Iren Ryan Scholarships

February 12, 2014

Five students from GVSUs Theatre program were selected as nominees for The Kennedy Centers annual Irene Ryan Scholarships.

Summer 2014 Will Power Summer Camp

Summer 2014 Will Power Summer Camp

August 12, 2013

For two sessions in July, GVSU will host its third annual WILL POWER SUMMER CAMP and host dozens of local children. Link to our Facebook page and see more photos and comments!  https://www.facebook.com/GVSUShakespeareFestivalWillPow

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